The 2023 Women’s World Cup will open play on Friday, July 21 in Aukland, New Zealand.
The United States Women’s National Teams will look to defend their crown after winning four of the first eight Women’s World Cups, including the previous two. However, the field may open up with the USWNT missing key players in their lineup, such as Becky Saurbrunn and Mallory Swanson.
Will another nation rise to challenge the defending champions? Or will the United States women continue their dominance over women’s soccer?
Let’s take a look at the field for the 2023 Women’s World Cup to determine the best bets and predict the winner.
Women’s World Cup Winner Odds
World Cup odds are current as of Tuesday, July 18, at 9 a.m. EST at FanDuel Sportsbook.
- United States (+225)
- England (+450)
- Spain (+500)
- Germany (+800)
- Australia (+900)
- France (+1100)
- Sweden (+2000)
- Japan (+2500)
- Netherlands (+2500)
- Brazil (+2500)
- Canada (+3300)
- Norway (+5000)
- Denmark (+6600)
- Italy (+10000)
- Portugal (+10000)
- Ireland (+12500)
- New Zealand (+20000)
- China (+20000)
- Columbia (+20000)
- Republic of Korea (+20000)
- Switzerland (+25000)
- Nigeria (+25000)
- Argentina (+25000)
- Zambia (+40000)
- Costa Rica (+50000)
- Jamaica (+50000)
- South Africa (+50000)
- Morocco (+50000)
- Haiti (+50000)
- Philippines (+75000)
- Vietnam (+100000)
- Panama (+100000)
Women’s World Cup Winner Prediction
United States Wins Women’s World Cup
The Americans enter as the tournament favorites for a good reason. After winning the previous two Women’s World Cups, the USWNT come in on a nine-match winning streak, going unbeaten in 2023 thus far.
During their current streak, the United States has conceded just two goals while collecting seven clean sheets.
This is their tournament to lose.
Women’s World Cup Winner Best Bet
United States (+225)
As mentioned above, this is the USWNT’s World Cup to lose. They should be able to cruise into the semifinals without issue before running into legitimate threats to their crown.
Vlatko Andonovski’s squad has won 12 consecutive matches in World Cup play with a goal differential of plus-32 while winning six of their previous eight World Cup opening games (drawing in the other two).
The loss of captain Becky Saurbrunn and Mallory Swanson could leave bettors looking for a dark horse, but the best bet in the tournament is still the Red, White, and Blue.
Women’s World Cup Contenders
England is one of the top teams in the world and comes in as the reigning UEFA Women’s Euro champions.
However, Sarina Wiegman‘s side will be without key players due to injury, such as Beth Mead and Leah Williamson.
The Lionesses will need Chloe Kelly to be the hero once again if England is going to make a run for the title. They will also need strong performances out of Lucy Bronze, who has played the second most minutes across the previous two Women’s World Cups.
Spain has a very strong midfield led by Alexia Putellas, the reigning Ballon d’Or winner.
However, the Spanish side is currently dealing with a dispute over working conditions, with 15 players removing their names from selection last year.
They are a strong bet to reach the quarter-finals, if not beyond.
Germany is fresh off a strong runner-up performance at the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022, where they lost to England in the final during extra time.
Look for Alexandra Popp (61 goals in 127 matches) to lead the way for Germany, along with strikers Lea Schuller (30 goals in 46 matches).
Look for Germany to win their first match after going unbeaten in their previous eight World Cup openers. In fact, they have only suffered one defeat in 24 group games.
Women’s World Cup Sleeper
Sam Kerr and Caitlin Ford give the Aussies a fighter’s chance in this year’s Women’s World Cup. Their strong offensive line will give them an opportunity to hang with any side in the tournament.
The real test will come on the defensive side. However, Australia should get a sizeable boost playing in front of their home crowd.